Musician Eric Rosser intended to die in Bangkok, the "City of Angels." Here, the former piano player for faded American rock star John Mellencamp found a haven. He had an attractive Thai wife, a young son, a luxury apartment and what he once described as the best gig in town: playing piano at the century-old Oriental Hotel's Bamboo Bar. The city's monied set showered him with invitations to cocktail parties and they enrolled their kids at the thriving Rosser Piano Studio. "This is a fulfilling life," Rosser told the Bloomington Herald Times, his Indiana hometown paper in 1999. "I'm doing all...

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